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Incredible Ned
Maynard, Bill.
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New York : Putman, [1997]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
The things Ned speaks of become reality, until a knowing art teacher solves his problem with paper and paints.
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Every parent thinks their child is incredible. But Ned's mother knows that it's true when she "sees" his first word. Now when Ned says gorilla, his friends all jump back. And when he says bananas, it's time for a snack. Because whenever Ned speaks, if the word is a thing, "that thing might float by on the end of a string!" Soon Ned's teacher is upset, the nurse is up to her ears in pills, and even the bandleader doesn't know what to do -- until a friendly art teacher discovers the cure when she hands Ned a pencil and he draws and draws and draws!

Irresistibly funny verse and comical illustrations will unleash the power of imagination in every reader in this humorous rhyming story about a boy whose imagination was so big -- it made everything real!

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"Watch what you say!" has unusual implications for this far-fetched picture book's title character, whose words conjure objects in midair. Ned is an amiable boy with a shock of red hair, a shy smile and a humble demeanor, yet his talent labels him a troublemaker: "When Ned said `giraffe,' you could see a giraffe,/ And its neck was so long it made everyone laugh./ ...No wonder the children didn't get their books read:/ It was so much more fun just to watch what Ned said." Several solutions are suggested to curtail Ned's talent and thus make for a more conducive learning environment (the principal commands Ned to keep quiet; the nurse, in a disturbing double-page spread, suggests pills, which tumble and float by the hundreds in the accompanying artwork) but an art teacher proposes the winning solution: Ned learns that when he expresses himself with a paintbrush, his words no longer materialize. Maynard, in his picture book debut, readily explains Ned's magical abilities ("When your head's full of pictures, they have to come out"), while Remkiewicz (Froggy Gets Dressed) fills the volume with homogenous caricatures of friendly zoo animals and cheerful children. But the uplifting pro-creativity, be-yourself message is not enough to compensate for a one-joke text. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2‘Ned has a problem that delights his classmates but upsets his teacher: every time he says the name of an object aloud, that thing appears‘be it a giraffe, a parade, or a bunch of bananas. He is sent, in turn, to the school nurse, the band leader, the French teacher, and the principal but their cures have no effect. After giving Ned drawing supplies, it is the art teacher who provides an alternate outlet for his creative urges‘"Because painting and talking are equally real./They're just two different ways to show folks how you feel." Seemingly free of his distracting affliction, Ned just can't resist the occasional lapse and the moose he conjures up in bed assures readers he's still "incredible." This humorous story in rhyme bounces along with an appealing Seuss-like cadence. The cartoon illustrations lack depth and excitement but capture the silliness Ned's utterances provoke; students and faculty assume exaggerated poses and looks of wide-eyed bewilderment. Beginning readers will appreciate the direct vocabulary and will anticipate the rhyme. Ned's predicament and the resulting classroom chaos should tickle young audiences. While not essential when all's done and said/You could do worse than to purchase Incredible Ned.‘Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.